You ever have one of those days where you wonder why you do this? This is supposed to be a hobby. Shouldn’t a hobby be fun and relaxing? This started going down hill when my Milwaukee cordless drill, which I love, has started crapping out on me after only a year of light hobby use. This drill had performed great for me. One of the things I liked was how it seemed to have full power right up to the last drop of battery life. Sunday afternoon I was trying to drill some pocket scre...
The following pictures are of a Valley Oak that was approximately one hundred and fifty years old and five feet in diameter. It lived its life in the back yard of a homeowner in Walnut Creek, CA. In July of this year it fell over onto the garage of said homeowner. We are all glad that it wasn’t the actual house. However, In the battle of tree vs. garage, the eighty thousand pound tree won hands down! Evergreen Tree Service of Antioch, CA removed the “remains” of the tree,...
Cut myself twice today, once when my tenon saw jumped out of the kerf and again with a slip of a chisel. nothing serious, just a couple drops of the red stuff, but i felt real happiness. Why? BECAUSE IT MEANS IM WORKING AGAIN!!!!!!!!!! now where did i put those bandaids.
Hal’s new book and plan templates arrived the other week. Since I am gearing up to complete two customer chairs by xmas this was a welcome change. The book is longer, contains some new hints, details and is actually simpler in many ways than the original plans and book. A couple of problems I ran into is that some of my original jigs and fixtures were changed in the new book and I had to refer to the older book in a couple of places for setting them up, or make new jigs. Since I am ...
In the process of planning the Michigan Picnic coming up, my lovely wife thought that it would be great to have an Inernational lumberjock event. I agree, but just the logistics of the whole thing scares the hell out of me. Who would come, what to bring, where to have it and so on. I know I for one would go to it. Maybe someday we could pull it off. For now I am content with meeting with my fellow LJ’ers from Michigan. Well I guess I got that out. Back to getting myself ready for our pi...
Just a few more steps left before I can start putting the planking on the sides. Cutting in the Rabbet Between Stem and Keel The next crucial step is cutting in the rabbet between the Stem and Keel. This was done entirely by hand with a few sharp chisels. I used a small piece of wood (3”x1”x3/8”) as a template, representing the plank, to ensure a smooth transition as I cut away the rabbet. Here is the before picture: And the after picture. This was done on both ...
I found some walnut on Craig’s list and I picked it up today. Here is still in the truck waiting to meet it’s new home. I need to take 5 at this point. Here is grand daddy of them all. This will make someone a very nice mantle some day. Here’s a closeup of the grain on the massive Chunk. The guy I got it from was a very nice gentleman. I expected to see an older, retired, man but he was probably in his earily 50’s. He said that he just didn’...
Set of Haunted Forest Tiles waiting for the frame #6: chamfer'd & sanded ... golden oak dye and oil stain'd
I read one too many stories about over-heating batteries during re-charging. Went out to the shop the other day and realized I forgot to take a battery off the charger. It was extremely warm! I didn’t want to burn down the house, not to mention the cost of replacing batteries, so I made this station. I found the timer switch on e-bay for about half the price of a local purchase. I had everything else left over from other projects so my total (new) investment was under $15. Had the rece...
I’ve had a rather productive weekend thus far in the the Yee Ole Workshop. (1) Mounted new levelers from McMaster-Carr onto my outfeed table.(2) Routed miter gauge slots in the top of the outfeed table.(3) Hung 4 new T8 lights.(4) Made a bigger base for my wobbly floor standing drill press.(5) Bartered a deal for some rough cut walnut(6) Rewired my dust collector on/off switch to a new “remote” switch Levelers: I purchased a set of levelers from McMaster-Carr for about...
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